This was a sort of last minute cruise (booked end of January for 3/30-4/6 cruise).
Despite all that was happening in regards to the Epic, we were going on this cruise to relax and that we did.
Embarkation: We pulled into the pier parking lot at 10:10, dropped off are luggage, breezed thru security and check in (boarding group 10)and took a seat to wait. At 11:00 they announced that embarking was delayed due to passengers from prior cruise still being on the ship. Most likely caused by the facial recognition they were using when disembarked. With all that, we were on the ship, in our swimsuits in H2O with a drink at 12:30.
Ports: Did not get off the ship in Tortola or St. Thomas as we had done those before. We were able to stop at Great Stirrup Cay. We had tender in group 2 and from time they called our group til we got on the island was 35 minutes.
Island was nice, just chilled on the beach as water was a little colder than we like. Food was ok and beverage service was great. We spent most of our days at Spice H2O as we did not get off in 2 of the ports. Did not have problem getting chairs but we were there by 7:30 (we had the continental breakfast delivered at 6:30 every morning). It did get crowded on the sea days and by 10:00 you were hard pressed to find a chair. Never had to wait more than 5 min. for drinks at bar and most times the waiters coming around took our orders .
Food: ate at Taste 5 of the nights and never took more than an hour. Food was good except for last night. Prime Rib was ehh. Not a problem just got something at buffett.
Room steward took care of our needs.
Disembarkation: Best I have experienced. Must have had the facial recognition figured out. Had a 9:00 disembark time. Had breakfast at buffett and went to public area to wait at 8:15. Called our color at 8:25 and were in our car leaving the parking lot at 9:03. Once got thru facial recognition you were considered thru customs.
Was a great trip and would sail Epic again
Despite all the reviews, bathroom was not an issue